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October 09, 2015
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Photo by Jason McDonald

It was mere coincidence that on the day I talked to Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes and a solo artist in his own right, the Internet was abuzz with talk (or rumor) that The Strokes are working on new music. Lead singer Julian Casablancas let it slip during their show at Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 27, saying, “We’ll be back soon. We’ll be back in the studio and sh*t.” Perhaps it could be created at Hammond Jr.’s recording studio/home in Eldred, NY?

After the death of our dog Aengus this summer, I spent my time searching online for dogs. Abashed by the fact that we had done the most politically incorrect thing by purchasing Aengus at a pet...

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An unlikely combination of words on the page to be sure, and yet… there they are. Although the Upper Delaware River region is hardly a stranger to filmmaking, I’ve never really considered the...

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People think of fall and for many, the first thing to come to mind is geese flying high overhead and winging their way south. This usually starts in earnest during the first part of October; the...

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Like a child’s haul of candy on Halloween, the environmental news over the past few months has been a mixed bag. First the treats, starting with the news that 36 companies around the world have...

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Well, my active life here in the Upper Delaware River region is anything but dull. Just to be sure that I was properly defining my state of being, I looked it up, since “active” means different...

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In August, I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a walk into the heart—or “eye”—of the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe County, PA. In addition to experiencing the “quaking bog mat” that...

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‘Harvest’ at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance

WURTSBORO, NY — The Wurtsboro Art Alliance (WAA) ushers in the autumn season with a harvest-themed art exhibit, in mediums including watercolors, photographs, ceramics, note cards and jewelry, from Saturday, October 3 through November 1. There will be an opening reception on October 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Seasonally inspired refreshments will be served.

Among the offerings will be photographs by Vladimir Burovskiy, who recently joined the Art Alliance, and paintings and watercolors by Roberta Rosenthal, one of the founding members of the WAA.  Read more

Ameranouche in Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — The award winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh) will perform at the Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St., on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. The group plays a passionate style of music they call “Gypsy Flamenco Swing.” They are veterans of the Newport Jazz Festival and Djangofest Northwest. The ensemble’s hot acoustic Gypsy-inspired music mixes flamenco, bebop and jazz swing influences. Played on traditional French jazz guitars, the music is rhythmic, vigorous and elegant. The concert is part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Autumn Cultural Series.  Read more

Reception for Jeff Bank calendar

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society and Jeff Bank will hold a public reception to debut the Jeff Bank 2016 Photo Calendar and honor this year’s selected photographers at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St., on Friday, October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Have you heard the buzz?

NARROWSBURG, NY — Sorry to use that cliché, but it just had to be done. The first Narrowsburg Honey Bee Fest is flying into town on Saturday, October 10. The all-day event celebrates the amazing honey bee and features street vendors, kid’s crafts and much, much more. Read on.  Read more

Crazy for loons

The calls of common loons are some of the most wonderful wilderness sounds to be experienced, ranging from yodels and hoots to long mournful wails. While this intelligent bird is not frequently encountered in the Upper Delaware River region, it is possible to spot the occasional loon set low upon quiet undisturbed waters, or to hear the unmistakable chortling call described as “maniacal laughter.”  Read more

First fish

I like to think that everyone remembers the first fish they ever caught. I am referring to a person’s first fish in a very personal way and not in a generic way, like the first fish that Mark Kurlansky wrote about in “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.” Kurlansky detailed how the early railroads used codfish from our East Coast waters to sustain their workers and the people from the towns and villages that sprung up along the railroad. (Today, the stocks of codfish are dangerously diminished from overharvesting).  Read more

Mixed emotions

Those two words pretty much sum up what I’m feeling at the moment. The summer was a rollercoaster, and even though I swore that I would take more time to stop and smell the roses, the last blooms have already faded away, and the best I can do now is sniff over what might have been. Last summer, I spent as much time as possible swimming in Crystal Lake.  Read more

Free museum admission on Smithsonian Day

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Time and the Valleys Museum will offer free admission to museum visitors on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 as a participant in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! Program.

Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country offer free admission to anyone with a Museum Day Live! ticket, which can be downloaded from www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket. Located at 332 Main St., the Time and the Valleys Museum is open weekends from 12 noon to 4 p.m. through October.

‘Rural Life’ and ‘Taos’ at Callicoon Trading

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Trading is hosting an exhibit of photographs by Paul Owen and Charles Masters through Monday, October 5.

Owen’s exhibit is titled “Rural Life.” He writes: “In 1986 I began an effort to document rural life in the Catskill region of New York State. The family farms with the life and tradition that surround it are rapidly disappearing. I feel it is important to make a record of this tradition before it is only memory. My efforts have taken me to small family farms, as well as country events including county fairs, auctions and lumberjack festivals.  Read more

Augustine’s ‘The God Projekt’ at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL presents Kevin Augustine, one of the most innovative and edgy puppet theatre artists in New York City on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

Americana on the stage in Jeff

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville JEMS will present an evening of live Americana music on Saturday, September 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Main Street Stage, 4912 Rte. 52.

Opening the show will be Nothin New, a string band playing old-timey, bluegrass, folk, vintage blues and some older country western and acoustic pop. The popular Sullivan County band Little Sparrow will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and will feature legendary jazz musician Thurman Barker on drums.  Read more

Dead Winter Carpenters at Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — Hailing from the shores of North Lake Tahoe, CA, Dead Winter Carpenters, a group described as an “alt-country-roots-infused outfit,” plays Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m. Harmony Presents concerts take place in the underground theater located at 8 Silk Mill Dr. Tickets cost from $16 to $22 depending on how early they are bought. They can be purchased online at www.harmonypresents.com or in person at 209 Main Ave. Call 570/588-8077 for questions or help purchasing tickets online.

‘Been There, Done That, Bought the T-shirt’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Been There, Done That, Bought the T-shirt” will be an evening of personal storytelling, to be held on Saturday, September 26 at the CAS Arts Center, 48 Main St. The gathering will begin at 6 p.m. with food and refreshments provided by local businesses; storytelling starts at 7 p.m.

“Been There, Done That, Bought the T-shirt” will be a “pass the microphone” event. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite T-shirt and to share a short story about the significance of that shirt with the audience. (It’s also okay to attend without a T-shirt story and just listen.)  Read more

Deerest Deerpark

PORT JERVIS, NY — There will be an open house to unveil the artwork for the Deerest Deerpark project on Sunday, September 27 at the Deerpark Museum and 1863 Huguenot Schoolhouse, 25 Grange Rd., Huguenot, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Civil War encampment reenacted

EQUINUNK, PA — The 143rd New York Volunteer Infantry Civil War re-enactors are returning to the Equinunk Historical Society on Saturday, September 26 to set up camp on the grounds of the museum. The program begins at 1 p.m., but set-up will be ongoing throughout the morning. This group of re-enactors will portray Civil War camp life and will complete drills as their unit would have over 150 years ago. Members of the reactivated 143rd New York Volunteers, wearing appropriate uniforms, will discuss and explain their encampment exhibit, which is complete with tents, equipment and weapons.  Read more

WJFF gala brunch celebrates 25th

CALLICOON, NY — Community radio station WJFF will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala brunch at the Villa Roma Clubhouse on Sunday, September 27 at 11 a.m. The brunch offers listeners and supporters an opportunity to congratulate and thank the volunteers and staff for 25 years of a wide variety of music, local, national and international news programs, talk shows and community voices. There will be live jazz by Noah Barker, who will be joined by other musicians as well as WJFF volunteers, a cocktail hour featuring bloody Mary and mimosa cocktails, and a buffet.  Read more

Psychic continental brunch

MILFORD PA — The Upper Delaware Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transexual (UDGLBT) Center will hold a psychic continental brunch featuring Lorraine Moore, psychic/clairvoyant/medium.

Moore does not use tarot cards or astrology but what she calls “spirit connections.” This is the ability to communicate with the deceased. Moore has been called in by numerous churches, synagogues, groups and organizations to facilitate spirit connections lectures. She has also been a keynote speaker as well as facilitator for workshops and psychic fairs.  Read more

Fall Foliage Festival

PORT JERVIS, NY — Port Jervis will hold its 23rd annual Fall Foliage Festival on Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown area.

There will be more than 100 vendors, a variety of street-fair and international foods, and children’s activities including the Roaming Railroad ride and petting zoo.

There will be a scarecrow contest with first, second and third place ribbons awarded in youth, adult and business/club categories. It’s free to enter, and applications are available online at portjervisny.org.  Read more

A music festival in the Catskills; It’s not Woodstock, but it’s close

HANCOCK, NY — The first thing you’ll notice about Catskill Chill is that, well, it’s very chill. Everyone seems to be earnestly nice. I was met at the gate by the PR director Destiny, and she kindly asked me to wait while she found me the best parking spot available. People walking by smiled at me, and someone asked if I was “having a good Chill.”  Read more

I say tomato

Known as “love apple” when it was first introduced to Europe—most likely because of its alleged aphrodisiac qualities—the current name for this New World fruit derives from the Aztec xitomatl, meaning “plump thing with a navel.” The tomato, from its voluptuous contours to its sweetly fragrant juices, is rife with sensuality. Gorge on them while you can; many heirloom varieties are still abundant in kitchen gardens and at local farmers’ markets.  Read more

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